Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Fellowship Information


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration implemented the Hollings award in 2005 to increase interest in and training for oceanic and atmospheric science and stewardship. It aims to foster greater numbers of researchers, public servants, teachers and educators in related areas.

Who Should Apply:

US citizen. 3.0 minimum GPA. Must be currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year program at an accredited college or university or university within the United States or U.S. territories. Eligible fields include discipline areas related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, or education, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission, e.g., biological, social and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.

Fellowship Benefits:

If reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with “hands-on”/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

Program Duration:

Funds final two years of undergraduate study.

Number & Amount Available:

About 100 awards. Up to $8000 per year. Scholars also obtain paid summer internship with NOAA or another relevant agency or institution. Conference funding.

Citizenship Requirements:
STEM Fields Only:

Student Information

Required GPA:
3.0 and above
Academic Level:


Initial Deadline:
Usually September through January
NC State Campus Deadline:


National Deadline:
Usually Sept. through Jan.